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If you consider creating an outdoor dining space, you may only think of common items like tables and chairs. But, if you want a really successful outdoor dining space—it’s time to think outside the box! Especially if you’re one of the many establishments who opened your outdoor dining section during the pandemic—chances are, you may have been scrambling just to find the essentials, and left without a few very important supplies.

Whether you’re establishing outdoor dining for the first time—or refreshing your current set-up—there’s a lot of equipment and supplies to add to your list. Allowing your guests to have their meals outdoors, (especially in the spring and summer!) provides a great dining experience. Outdoor dining may also reduce virus transmission (COVID-19 or otherwise) and allow you to expand your cafeteria or dining space.

Check out this infographic to view a few overlooked items and well worth it investments to make to your outdoor dining space shine.


Significant Benefits of Outdoor Dining

Since 2020, almost 60% of operators have incorporated outdoor dining to their spaces or facility.

A proper outdoor dining set-up offers customers the chance to:

  • Stay longer and purchase more items
  • Appreciate the atmosphere and overall guest experience
  • Dine outside with friends
  • Be seated more quickly

What Does Outdoor Dining Look Like for Restaurants and Foodservice Businesses?

  • Patio heaters
  • Dog bowls
  • Chairs and tables
  • Disposables
  • Candles and candle holders
  • Placemats
  • Umbrella stands and bags
  • Pitchers and decanters

What Outdoor Dining Supplies Are Needed for Schools?

  • Picnic tables andbenches
  • Trays
  • Disposable forks and napkins
  • Outdoor canopies
  • Trash cans and liners
  • Security fencing

Well-Designed Outdoor Spaces in Healthcare Facilities and Hotels Look Like:

  • Umbrellas
  • Outdoor receptacles and liners
  • Plants and planters
  • Outdoor patio fencing
  • Disposable cups and plates
  • Dining sets
  • Directional or distancing signage
  • Patio heaters

What Is Needed to Maintain Outdoor Dining?

  • Cleaning and sanitizing supplies
  • Pest control
  • Outdoor trash receptacles
  • Serving carts
  • Proper outdoor lighting
  • Seat cushion replacements

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